I’ve gotten a few requests for this, so here it is: Joe Bugel’s enshrinement presentation of Russ Grimm. Video, and transcript (via the Hall of Fame’s website) after the jump.
Joe Bugel (presenter):
I’m Joe Bugel and Russ Grimm is an example for others. The first day he walked on the field with his shoulder pads on, we knew we had a winner. He is without a doubt the smartest football player I’ve ever been around. Nobody in the 32 years in the NFL I coached. Nobody made adjustments like Russ Grimm. He was our coach on the football field, that’s how much trust I had in him. He was a guy that could knock you on your back. He led by example, preparation, practice, play.
I was so hard on that man right there, especially his first year. When we went to training camp, I told the whole group it’s gonna be a lot of pain and torture, because we are gonna start four rookies. NFC East – Randy White, Reggie White, Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor.
We never accepted mediocrity; it was going to be physical, tough, nasty, smart, and violent. That group was rare. That group made me a better football coach. I loved them and worked them to death.
We had some guys who had great curved up bellies and I said ‘Ok you hogs. Let’s get down in that bull pen and get started.’ And that name caught on and it gave that group a sense of identity. Without a doubt he was the head Hog, on the field, off the field. He just had that certain charisma that a leader has.
There’s one game that I’ll never ever forget. It was going to be Dallas or Washington going to the Super Bowl. We had them up by maybe two touchdowns. Coach Gibbs come up and he said Bugs what do you want to run. I said ’50-Gut. Let’s run right at Randy, not away from him.’
So Randy was lined up against Grimm and it was one after another, plus 5, plus 6, plus 5. We get in the huddle. What’s the play? 50-Gut. We ran it 10 straight times. That’s when Randy White realized that Russ Grimm was not only a great football player but a Hall of Fame football player.”
Narrator (Steve Sabol):
Russ Grimm was chosen to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980s. He anchored the offensive line for 11 seasons with the Washington Redskins and helped lead the team to four Super Bowl appearances and three world titles.
Joe Bugel (presenter):
I can remember one big play. We ran over again Russ Grimm and Joe Jacobyour left side and Donnie Ward. It was fourth down and one and Joe said ‘What do we have to do?’ Our offensive staff said ’70-Chip, we’re gonna live with that.
When you see Russ Grimm come on the football field you say hey that’s a real NFL All-Pro and that’s a real NFL Hall of Famer. He was legit, nothing phony about the guy. He could play with pain and injury. I love and respect the young man and I will go to my grave saying that. It’s like I had a son and my son was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He would do anything I asked him to do and I would do anything he’d ask me to do. We are very, very close. I am so proud of him.
I am honored to present Russ Grimm for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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